In collaboration with the Learning Policy Institute, ConnectED has prepared a report providing state leaders and other stakeholders in New Mexico research and policy recommendations for developing a system of college and career pathways—preparing students, especially those furthest from opportunity, for success in college, career, and civic life. In the tradition of Linked Learning, the report advocates making career and technical education (CTE) an integral part of more comprehensive college and career pathways consisting of four core components: 1) college preparatory academics, 2) a cluster or sequence of challenging CTE courses, 3) a continuum of work-based learning experiences, and 4) personalized student supports. Some of the key policy recommendations include:
- Establish state standards for pathways that ensure quality and equity of access, participation, and success.
- Adopt a system of metrics that can be used to monitor pathway implementation, quality, and equity and to support continuous improvement locally and statewide.
- Create a demonstration of district-wide implementation in a demographically and geographically representative sample of 6 to 10 districts in New Mexico.
Complementing this report is another just released by the Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) Foundation, The Road to Readiness. This report makes short- and long-term policy recommendations to expand and strengthen college and career readiness in schools, districts, communities and pueblos, Tribes, and Nations.